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Combating climate change

5 ways to reduce your energy bills

Saving the planet starts at home

According to UK Government National Statistics, our homes make up 15% of the UK’s total climate emissions (PDF, 1MB).

Our energy saving tips could help you start making some simple swaps and cut down your carbon footprint. Even doing something as simple as switching off the lights could help you save energy, and money.

Ways to save energy at home

How energy efficient is your home?

Energy saving home improvements

Ways to save energy at home

  1. 01

    Don’t leave things on standby - turn your electrics off fully when you’re not using them. It might seem like no big deal when it’s just switching off the TV, but if you do it for all your appliances over the course of a year it can make a huge difference.

  2. 02

    Get a smart energy meter. Even though they don’t directly cut down your energy consumption, a smart energy meter can help you understand which appliances use the most energy. Many suppliers will provide them free of charge, so look out for that when you’re switching energy supplier.

  3. 03

    Use energy saving lightbulbs. When your bulbs go, replace them with an energy-saving alternative. That way, you don’t have to pay for ten bulbs all at once.

  4. 04

    Wash your clothes at a lower temperature. Washing at 30 will get your clothes just as clean as higher temperatures, and you’ll save money too. And if you’re lucky, your machine might also have an ‘eco’ mode that’ll use as little energy as possible.

  5. 05

    Reduce the time you spend in the shower. According to the Energy Saving Trust, a family of four could save £75 per year if each person spent one minute less in the shower. So cut down your shower time, reduce your carbon footprint and save money in one go.

How energy efficient is your home?

Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) rate a property's energy efficiency and could help you to buy a home that’s more energy efficient and reduce your impact on the climate too.

Energy saving changes for your home

Take a look at how you could save money in the long term with some changes to help make your home more energy efficient.